AS the Labour Party strengthened its grip on councils in South Yorkshire, Doncaster decided to keep its mayoral system.
It was a night of celebration for Labour in Doncaster, winning seven new seats. The results mean the make up of the authority is now 50 seats to Labour, nine Conservative, three Lib Dem and one Independent.
In the Mayoral referendum, of the 68,075 voters who took part 44,571 (62%) voted to keep the town’s current mayoral system. The turnout was 30.5%.
Doncaster has had a directly-elected mayor since 2002. Peter Davies, of the English Democrats, has held the post since June 2009.
In Mexborough, Tracey Leyland Jepson, Labour, won convincingly with 1,577 votes, Independent Andrew Pickering was second with 687 votes and former councillor Malcolm Jevons for the Liberal Democrats, came in third with 472 votes, Phyllis Calladine Conservative, was fourth, with 98 votes.
Tracey Leyland Jepson said: ”I am highly delighted - I want to reassure the people of Mexborough that their three elected councillors will be putting Mexborough first.
“We put a lot of energy and time into our campaign. People are not happy with the coalition Government. Their policies are impinging on everybody’s lives - I myself was made redundant in March from Mexborough Community Partnership where I worked for 11 years.
“We will make sure Mexborough is not forgotten. We want to improve Mexborough and make sure the town gets its fair share. I have the community at heart and I see becoming a councillor as a progression of that to help more people.
People on the doorsteps have been very supportive during our campaign. Malcolm Jevons had stood again after losing last year to Councillor Sue Phillips, who defected from the Lib Dems to Labour
Conisbrough and Denaby Labour councillor Christine Mills, won comprehensively with 2,420. Jonathan Sherwin Broughton, Conservative, with just 352 votes.
Coun Christine Mills retained her seat in Conisbrough and Denaby. She told the Times: ”I was so proud to have been selected by the people of Conisbrough, Denaby and Old Denaby, to put their confidence in me for a further term. I want to work as hard as I can for people and continue the work we have been doing for them. It is very important to always listen to people of the area and continue to deliver services as well as we possibly can. These are difficult times and the finances across the borough are becoming much more stretched. It is about how we make the best possible use of them with people in the area”.